2013's travel bucket list
Still recovering from the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, this NZ city has been reinvented as an urban artist’s paradise. Find out more here.
This South American country’s railway network is undergoing a huge transformation in 2013, with new lines linking destinations such as volcano Cotopaxi and the Devil’s Nose.
This country has endured a lot of struggle due to civil war and the 2004 tsunami. However, visitor numbers are steadily rising and Sri Lanka is emerging as one of the most affordable yet enjoyable places to take a trip. Go on a wild safari, enjoy a relaxing beach holiday or indulge in fish curries and coconut sambols.
This Caribbean country saw an almost nine per cent increase in tourism in the first part of 2012. Now more airlines are offering stop-offs all over the DR, making it THE Caribbean place to be. By day, relax on a white sand beach or mango lagoon – by night, dance at an all night merengue.
Tasmania’s harbour capital becomes more popular every year, especially for its gastronomic scene. Drink coffee in the Salamanca Market, head into the wineries or sample some local cheese and chocolate.
Thanks to the 34th America’s Cup coming to this US city in 2013, there will be lots of exciting new changes and upgrades – this means even better shopping, sightseeing and scoffing than before (if that’s even possible). This year is the time to visit!
This Israeli region used to be a remote desert. Today, eco villages, spa resorts, wineries are popping up all over the place. An imminent international airport and high-speed railway will make it even more accessible.
Action lovers will all be heading to South Korea this year for golfing, hiking and fishing. For the quieter folk, enjoy the art, architecture and cuisine.
In 2012, London was the European destination of choice. This year, it’s Amsterdam. In 2013, this little Dutch city will celebrate the 400-year anniversary of its famous canal, Vincent van Gogh’s 160th birthday, the reopening of the Rijksmuseum after a 10-year revamp and the 175th anniversary of the Royal Zoo. This means festivals, parties and celebrations all over the place throughout the year!
This Philippines island boasts 2,000km of perfect, rugged coastline, crystal clear waters and beautiful boutique hotels. It’s set to boom in 2013 –think Ko Samui or Bali 30 years ago. Heaven.